Manifold demands, one objective: reduced impact

Water - a valuable asset

Sika aims to boost the sustainability performance of its production sites by reducing water consumption and treating water locally. The company implements measures to reduce consumption or to use lower grade water qualities especially in geographies with water scarcity. Efficient production means closed loop cooling and switching from public to surface and ground water, reducing the amount of drinking water used in production. With the re-use of waste water Sika aims to reduce its water consumption on a larger scale.

Waste - a valuable resource

Efficient use of input materials is of very high importance to all Sika companies as production processes are material intensive using high volumes of non-renewable resources. Efficient production in this context means reducing and reusing production scrap, reducing and reusing packaging materials and improving packaging design, leading to higher productivity and lower material use.

high pressure spray heads
high pressure spray heads

SIKA CORPORATION, admixture plants in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta (2014).

Spray heads for admixture facilities to reduce the amount of water used to clean admixture bulk delivery trucks.

Industrial water supply 82% based on rainwater

SIKA COLOMBIA S.A., plant Tocancipa, Colombia

Sika Colombia installed a central water collector, separate tanks and pipelines to feed rainwater into the industrial processes in its Tocancipa plant. A specific water treatment filter system keeps water quality on the required level leading to a 70% reduction of total water consumption. More than 8000 m3 of rainwater are collected and used annually, corresponding to 82% of water used.

Upgrade of waste water treatment facility

Sika S.A.U., plant Alcobendas, Spain

To reduce waste water discharge, the existing waste water treatment facility was upgraded with ceramic ultra- and nanofiltration membranes. This resulted in tap water savings of 200 m3 per month (-25%). The quality of the treated water allows its re-use in cleaning processes of the loading bulk station and in the water treatment plant too.

Packaging waste reduction


The cooperation with a licensed recycling company and the introduction of an internal quality control system in 2012 boosted the re-use of product and raw material intermediate bulk containers (IBC) for product supply. Within a year, the re-used IBC volume increased from 115 tons to 287 tons and the quantity of packaging waste and the need for new IBC containers dropped significantly.

Recycling of PVC production scrap

SIKA CHINA LTD.; plant Shanghai, China

Significant material and cost savings could be achieved at the Shanghai plant by granulating polyester scrim and feltback materials, and feeding the materials back into the production process. Material recycled and reused in new membranes increased up to 520 tons in 2013.